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University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public research university located in metro Chicago. UIC is one of the top 200 research-funded institutions in the world. It has 15 academic colleges, and 13 inter-college programs or centers of study.
UIC offers a wide range of undergraduate majors and minors, and pre-professional degree programs. There are hundreds of choices for a course of study, spanning the arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, and more. Pre-professional programs prepare students for graduate work in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and law.
UIC boasts the largest College of Medicine in the United States. It also has a well-reputed College of Dentistry. UIC offers many masters and doctoral degree programs ranging from architecture and the arts, to business and the sciences, social work, and more.
The UIC faculty is highly acclaimed, with two MacArthur Genius Award winners, and several winners of awards, grants and fellowships from organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Science, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and more.
The University of Illinois was founded in 1867, under the name of the Illinois Industrial University, as a land-grant institution established through the Morrill Act. The school opened in Urbana-Champaign in 1868. A temporary, two-year branch of the university opened in 1946 at the Navy Pier Campus in Chicago. The primary purpose of this branch was to educate returning war veterans. Students and faculty at the two-year Navy Pier branch led a movement to establish a permanent four-year branch of the University of Illinois in Chicago. In 1965, the Navy Pier branch was replaced by the Chicago Circle Campus, which offered a more comprehensive academic curriculum. In 1982, the University of Illinois at Chicago was formed through the consolidation of the University of Illinois' Medical Center Campus and the Chicago Circle Campus.
The academic calendar for the University of Illinois at Chicago follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and two shorter summer sessions.
Colleges and Schools
The University of Illinois at Chicago divides its academic units into colleges and programs, as follows:
- College of Applied Health Sciences
- College of Architecture & The Arts
- College of Business Administration
- College of Dentistry
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- Graduate College
- Honors College
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- College of Medicine
- College of Medicine at Chicago
- College of Nursing
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Public Health
- College of Social Work
- College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs
Inter-College Academic Programs:
- Cancer Center
- Center for Cardiovascular Research
- Center for Clinical and Translational Science
- Center for Structural Biology
- Council on Teacher Education
- Graduate Education in Medical Sciences
- Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions
- Moving Image Arts
- National Center for Excellence in Women's Health
- Office of International Affairs
- Office of Special Scholarship Programs
- Study Abroad Office
UIC offers more than 200 student clubs, groups and organizations, including Greek fraternities and sororities. The student organizations represent a range of interests from academic, to religious, cultural, political and recreational. Student government offers opportunities for leadership. Many student organizations host guest speakers and workshops, or offer internships and volunteer opportunities to help students network with others and develop to their furthest potential.
Student Services at UIC include Family Medical Centers and CampusCare for healthcare needs, Career Services, Counseling Service, a Children's Center, Disability Resources, Computing Services, Legal Services, and more.
While many students choose off-campus living to enjoy the excitement of city life in Chicago, there is also on-campus housing available. On-campus housing options offer easy access to fitness facilities, campus cafes, and many other dining and recreational services.
The UIC school colors are red and blue, the athletic teams are called the "Flames," and the school mascot is a dragon named "Sparky."
The UIC "Flames" athletic teams have won numerous championships and compete in 18 intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross Country & Track and Field
- Swimming and Diving
- Cross Country & Track and Field
- Swimming and Diving
The University of Illinois at Chicago is situated on one campus of 240 acres, which is divided into three parts: Westside Campus, Eastside Campus and South Campus. UIC has more than 100 buildings scattered among each area or division of its campus. Students can travel around the three campus divisions easily by using the Intra-campus Bus Service.
Since 1993, UIC has run a "Great Cities Commitment" program that involves UIC faculty, students and staff in partnering with government organizations, businesses and community to address community concerns. Community projects have involved healthcare, education, affordable housing, economic development and transportation. The mission of the program is to improve the quality of life for residents of Chicago and neighboring communities through urban research.
The UC Campus is in the heart of metro Chicago, minutes away from restaurants, shopping, Chicago's lakefront and music concerts and events at millennium Park. Many art and science museums also are accessible via convenient transportation.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates University of Illinois at Chicago accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting accepted to University of Illinois at Chicago.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- High School Academic Ranking are Required
- Letters of Recommendation are Recommended
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2013
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||21 - 27|
|ACT ® Math||22 - 27|
|ACT ® Composite Score||21 - 26|
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UIC
The chances of getting into UIC can be seen in the table below.
|Granted Admissions||10,427 (71%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||3,104 (30%)|
Total enrollment at University of Illinois at Chicago is around 28,000 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 40% enrolling as graduate students and 60% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range estimates:
- In-State: $10,000-$13,000
- Out-of-State: $23,000-$27,270
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $1,700-$2,000 per unit
- Out-of-State: $3,700-$4,500 per unit
- Some programs may have tuition rates that will remain the same as the first year for up to five years.
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||82%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||62%||$13,464|
|Receiving Student Loans||45%||$6,201|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 4%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, University of Illinois at Chicago may offer services to students including:
- Distance learning
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care
The overall graduation rate of University of Illinois at Chicago is around 54%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||27%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||22%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||6%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dietetics Program (more info)
- Coordinated Dietetics Program (more info)
- Nurse Midwifery Education Program
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
- Endodontics Program
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
- Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
- Pediatric Dentistry Program
- Periodontics Program
- Prosthodontics Program
- Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
- Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Health Services Administration Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
- English Language Program (more info)
- Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)
- Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
- Graphic Design Program (more info)
- Industrial Design Program (more info)
University of Illinois at Chicago is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Horizon League)
- Basketball (Horizon League)
- Track and Field (Horizon League)
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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